July 29
SCDOT Update on the I-26 Widening & Resurfacing Project in Lexington & Calhoun Counties

The contractor for this project on I-26 in Lexington and Calhoun Counties is Anderson Columbia/Boggs Paving, A Joint Venture. Recently, the contractor has made organizational changes that include bringing in a new paving contractor to resurface the remaining miles that need to be completed. Joe Anderson, of Anderson Columbia said the changes in the project team have put the necessary men and equipment in place to finish the work in September 2016.  The $75 million project was scheduled to be completed by November 24, 2015. SCDOT has been withholding $10,000 a day from the contractor for every day past the contract completion date. To date, that total is $2,840,000. 

The contract was awarded on May 16, 2013. This project includes approximately 10 miles of widening from four lanes to six in Lexington County, from I-77 east toward Charleston. The project will continue another 11 miles of resurfacing the existing lanes (no widening) ending in Calhoun County. 

Steady progress has been made in the past few months with major milestones reached.  All eastbound and westbound travel lanes are now open to traffic, the rest areas in Calhoun County were re-opened to the public on June 29 and 11 miles of paving has been completed. As the remaining corrective work moves forward, the public should begin to see noticeable progress in the coming weeks as the 6-lane portion of the project is paved with asphalt.

SCDOT Commission Vice Chairman John N. Hardee, who represents the 2nd Congressional District said, “We appreciate the interest in this project from Senator Nikki Setzler (D-Lexington). SCDOT has made an all-out effort to have the contractor re-group and step up his operations to get this project done in a short period of time.”

SCDOT and Anderson Columbia realize the delay in project completion has been an inconvenience to the public.  Both parties remain committed to providing a good roadway and will work diligently to accomplish this goal in 2016.